Dec 21, 2012 7:00pm PST
of istanbul and madrid. the international olympic committee will pick the host city in september next year. >>> japanese automakers say tension with china caused production there to drop by almost half compared to last year. directors of major car companies released their november production volumes on friday. honda factory workers put out 27,000 units, 59% fewer than the same month last year. nissan produced 68,000 units, down 43%. and toyota made 51,000 units, down 38%. directors at other firms also had reason to be unhappy. mitsubishi was 86% down, mazda dropped by 49% and suzuki's production in china decreased by 5%. but the automakers could at least note a slowing rate of decline. they showed an average drop of 43% on last year compared with 48% in october. >>> traders were alert friday when this year's largest reit was listed on the tokyo stock exchange. reits are groups that collect money from investors to purchase real estate. tsc traders enjoyed a ceremony to celebrate the listing of the reit. which is a government affiliated investment corporation from singapore. the reit's manag
Dec 14, 2012 7:00pm PST
covers 129 households in date city in kawauchi village. not all households may decide to return. radiation levels remain above the international level of 1 millisievert per year for ordinary citizens. government officials say they hope to lift the remaining hot spot advisories for 153 households in minami soma city. they are among 104 municipalities in eight prefectures where radiation levels stood at 0.23 microsieverts per hour or higher. administrative officials said radiation levels in the three areas are below that benchmark. a team of foreign experts held its first meeting with representatives of japan's nuclear regulation authority. u.s. and european scientists offered advice on nuclear safety. richard meserve is former chairman of the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission. he says people overseeing the nuclear industry must have technical skills if they are to properly enforce regulations and that those skills must be continuously assessed. he also said foreign staff should be hired if necessary. andre-claude lacoste is the former head of france's nuclear authority. he say p
Dec 6, 2012 6:30pm PST
architect has died. he is best known as the father of brasilia, the modernist capital city erected in the amazon jungle. >> his future is to creations of concrete and steel won him international acclaim. he continue to work up until his death. he passed away at his home in rio de janeiro at the age of 104. >> he was a star of architectural modernism, best known for designing the new capital city of his homeland. he constructed the city of brasilia more or less from scratch in 1960. now the brazilian capital city has its detractors, but it remains a unique architectural projects. >> people either like brasilia or they do not. it is unique. today, there is definitely better architecture, but there's nothing like brasilia. >> oscar niemeyer lived in rio de janeiro all his life. he was born in 1907 and was philosophical about the passage of time. >> i think everything passes, including my architecture. but i did everything with enthusiasm, and that is good. life is like a dream. >> oscar niemeyer was a committed communist, who wanted his works to be used by the masses. in terms of form
Dec 19, 2012 7:00pm PST
. the world health organization is suspended vaccination drives across the country. international organizations are condemning the incidents and the disruption to efforts to end the disease. on wednesday a female health worker and her driver were shot dead in northwest pakistan. in the nearby city of peshawar a male team member was killed. the latest fatalities come after five anti-polio workers were killed on monday and tuesday. >> translator: i don't know what i should do. my mind isn't functioning. >> in a separate incident an 18-year-old woman who was supervising a vaccination campaign was shot dead on tuesday. in another attack a group of health workers were targets in a north western town on monday and three members of security forces accompanying them were killed. it's not clear who is behind the attacks. the taliban has denounced anti-polio campaigns. accusations condemn eed the attacks. >>> people have been dealing with widespread flooding in sri lanka. >> the rain has been in parts of northwest sri lanka. three days of severe wet weather had caused floods and landslides.